Peppermint Mocha or Hot Chocolate

Update: The Pick Giveaway Winner plug-in chose Pamela and Miranda as the winners. Congratulations, ladies! Please respond to the email I just send to you with your mailing addresses and details and I will send it onto our friends at!

I promised a Peppermint Mocha to end all Peppermint Mochas today and I am a girl of my word. I also promised a giveaway, and that’s coming up, too, but first a word or two about the ne plus ultra of mochas.

This was inspired by my poor friend who went to a place that rhymes with Flickschmonalds and ordered a seasonal Peppermint Mocha because it sounded cozy and warm and Christmasy. She left with the impression of having consumed a cup of coffee laced with vinegar and sugar immediately after brushing her teeth. I knew I could do better for my friend.

And I did.

Oh. I diddlydiddid.

Flickschmonalds, Blartucks, and Punkin’ Gonuts have nothing on my Peppermint Mocha. It screams CHRISTMAS, and WINTER, and CUDDLY, yes, but it also screams I’M AFFORDABLE ENOUGH TO DRINK EVERY DAY. …though given the quantity of half and half in it, it may not be a well-advised decision. Mmmm. Half and half.

My word people. If I carry on like this there’s gonna be trouble in the fitting-into-my-pants realm. These taste so darned good that I don’t really care, though. On the plus side, there is some coffee in it (which turns me into MRS. HYPER which is why I keep TYPING IN CAPS. Somebody stop me.) which is supposed to boost your metabolism. So there. And also, can someone come scrape me off of the ceiling where I’ve been parked since beginning working on this recipe?

It’s not enough just to have the half and half, AND the Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce AND the coffee AND a thick cap of whipped cream. I sprinkle the top with crushed candy canes and use a chocolate covered peppermint stick as a swizzle stick. Apparently I have a thing for swizzle sticks these days.

Drive right past that drive-through window and straight to the store to buy your ingredients. I use Bogdon’s Chocolatey Candy Sticks for the job, but use whatever little peppermint sticks you can find. If it’s coated with chocolate? Well, buy two boxes -no- buy four. Those little puppies are seasonal and Peppermint Mochas are good all winter long!

Peppermint Mocha or Peppermint Hot Chocolate and a {GIVEAWAY}
Try this ultra decadent, rich, creamy Peppermint Mocha for a wintery treat. There simply isn't anything better to have on Christmas morning than this frothy treat!
  • 2 tablespoons Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce
  • 6 ounces half and half (Whole milk can be substituted for a less decadent mocha)
  • 1 shot of espresso or 2 ounces double-strength brewed coffee (omit coffee if you're making a Hot Chocolate.)
  • whipped cream
  • 2 peppermint sticks (or 2 small candy canes), divided
  1. Brew the espresso into a standard sized mug (or pour the still-hot double-strength coffee into your mug.) Omit the espresso or coffee if you're making a Peppermint Hot Chocolate.
  2. Heat the hot fudge sauce and Half and Half together in a canning jar in the microwave or a small saucepan until steaming hot. Use a small whisk or a milk frother to vigorously combine the two until the hot fudge sauce is thoroughly melted into the mixture and it is slightly frothy. Pour it over the espresso or double-strength coffee in the mug. Dollop a generous amount of whipped cream on top of the drink. Crush one of the peppermint sticks or candy canes and sprinkle over the whipped cream. Use the remaining peppermint stick or candy cane to gently stir the drink and leave it in place as garnish.
  3. Enjoy!

Now for the giveaway! Do you see that gorgeous mug that’s holding the decadent mocha? -one of my favourite online kitchen wares retailers- sent those Mugtails to me about a month ago. They have scarcely had an empty moment since. They’re so charming and so sweet and so pretty I haven’t wanted to put them on the shelf. The mugs are a beautiful stark white and the fawn and squirrel impressions in the mug are slightly thinner than the rest of the mug. When held up to the light, it comes through the shapes slightly. If you were to drop a tea light into the mugs, they’d be stunning!

For those of you who -like me- are mug crazy, these are the sort you wrap your hands around. The tail on the fawn mug is obviously not designed as a method to hold the mug. The squirrel mug’s bushy tail is perfect for holding the mug, but you can still cup your hands around it if that’s your preference. has kindly offered to give away one of the Fawn Mugtails (pictured above: ARV $16) and one of these adorable Squirrel Mugtails (ARV: $16).


The Fawn Mugtail is a standard sized mug that holds a generous mocha or tall cup of coffee while the Squirrel Mugtail is more of a demi-tasse, espresso sized cup. You’d still have room for a goodly cap of whipped cream in the squirrel cup if that dings your chimes… Just imagine these beautiful cups for holiday entertaining! How do you win? I’m glad you asked! Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry method you use so they’re all counted!

Mandatory Entry

Leave a comment here telling me which of the two mugs you’d prefer and tell me what you’d use to fill the mug!

Optional Entries:

You have until 9 a.m. EST on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 to enter! Winners will be announced here sometime on Monday. Good luck, everyone!

Disclosure: Korin Knives provided mugs for me to review and is giving two mugs away, but I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are mine alone!


  1. DeeDee V. says

    holy wow! those mugs are sooo cute. I think the fawn is just adorable! He would be a darling teacup at work :)

    My husband (and boys) would just love some of this fudge sauce in the house. Chocolate and peppermint just isn’t my thing, but I know they’ll L.O.V.E. it! (I’ll have to make some non-minty just for me!)

  2. Cindy says

    Ohhh Rebecca! You post the Abs Challenge just so you feel less guilty about giving us these wonderful recipes!!

    If we really do the challenge, maybe we will reward ourselves with the Peppermint Mocha!


  3. says

    They are both cute. If have to pick one,Squirrel will be my choice. It will be perfect for a cup of coffee in the morning, or to hold some biscotti.

  4. says

    Oh my! FIRST, love the drink. And those swizzel sticks? I found them at TJMaxx last week, YUM! That squirrel mug would be so fun. Since I’m a senior citizen and love to watch the birds and my squirrels it would be perfect :) Okay, not really a senior citizen, but I feel like one sometimes!!!

  5. says

    Oh my! That recipe…It’s criminal! How divine does it sound!?!?! I’m sure it tastes better than it looks.

    Anyway, both mugs are adorable. I simply could not choose, so if I won, you could surprise me. :) I think I’d fill it with…coffee, hot cocoa…I might even find something to just fill it like tea bag packets or something so it could be on display all the time. Adorable!

  6. sharla says

    I love them both, but if i had to choose just one then I guess the squirrel no the fawn. I can’t make up my mind darnit.

  7. Patrick says

    I like their knives. I most wanted the Togiharu Hammered Texture Damascus Gyutou, Nakiri, & Paring – 3 Piece Set.

  8. Patrick says

    Also, I’d prefer the squirrel mug b/c I like having a good handle. I’d fill it with hot chocolate with Baileys or Barry’s Irish Tea with cream and sugar.

  9. Susie says

    The thought of the squirrel mug filled with this very peppermint mocha (which I plan on making very soon!) is making me drool right now.

  10. Nadia says

    I love the squirrel! I would fill it with my favorite morning beverage – french press coffee with amaretto creamer!

  11. SueP says

    I would like the squirrel mugtail, because you said it’s smaller, and so obviously, I would be SHOWING RESTRAINT in using this delicately sized mug for the 2,001 peppermint mocha beverages I would drink this winter.

  12. Michelle W says

    I think I would prefer the squirrel mug… since I’d be pretty squirrelly after drinking this delicious concoction. 😀

  13. Michelle W says

    Hmmm… I think my Korin product of choice would be a fancy knife set. This one in fact: Togiharu Hammered Texture Damascus Gyutou, Nakiri, & Paring – 3 Piece Set

    So amazing!

  14. Kari Routledge says

    No question the fawn mug tail because I’m dying to try your recipe here. It could be a whole new addiction!

  15. Lisa says

    I like the size of the fawn mug, but the tail on the squirrel! I would have to go with the fawn though, to fill it with coffee first thing in the morning, (I would have to try the peppermint mocha)but I know there would be competition to fill it with hot chocolate too.

  16. Rachael H. says

    Oh my gosh. I had these on my wedding registry but never got them! I’m so excited about this giveaway!! I would love the fawn mugtail :)

    thanks for the chance!

  17. Rachael H. says

    Liked Foodie with Family on facebook.
    Also, forgot to say that i’d fill it with steamed skim milk with vanilla & honey! :)

  18. Lisa says

    I wanted the pickle maker, because I’m really getting into making lacto fermented foods, including pickles and kimchi and that devise looks perfect, it has a press included in the lid to keep the vegetables submerged in the liquid.

  19. Colleen Gross says

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE that incredibly cute squirrel mug. My 9-year old’s nickname is squirrel (he wiggles a lot) and that would be the perfect mug for his absolute favorite drink—WARM chocolate. (he’s very specific on the term “warm”). This sure would be the perfect present for him if I win…and I am hoping so.

    I think I’ll go follow you now on Facebook!

  20. Tiffany K says

    I love the squirrel!! so adorable, and I would totally use it to drink all manner of mochas this holiday season!! (and just plain coffee the rest of the year…)

  21. Sunshine says

    I love squirrels! They are so….squirrely! HA! Alas, my dog does not…archenemy #1. And I would fill cup with an Irish Coffee after shoveling!

  22. says

    I love the Fawn Mugtails the best, I am a coffee drinker, so the larger of the two would be my choice. The other one I would use a display, fill it with maybe candy canes for Xmas or just put a nice candle in it per your suggestion.

  23. Jen says

    Squirrel mug! Oh my gosh so cute! My mugs get taken by my boys all the time… This one would be mommas tea mug. For those rare brief moments when I can actually enjoy it hot! :). You already consume my recipe pin board, but alas no social media for me!

  24. Libby Bruno says

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the doe mug! It was the first thing I notices when I saw the post. I would fill it with holiday drinks like peppermint mocha, Evan Williams egg nog, creamy chai teas, and so much more! Love it!! Happy Holidays!

  25. Joanna says

    I would love the fawn mug and would fill it with one of my favorite dessert coffees, Mexicali Coffee, which is melted chocolate chips heated with milk & then combined with cinnamon coffee and topped with whipped cream and a dust of cinnamon. And if a splash of alcohol fell in there, that would be ok too!

  26. Jan K says

    The fawn cup is cute and I though I don’t drink coffee I do drink tea and hot chocolate maybe I will try using your peppermint hot fudge sauce to make hot chocolate, sound yummy.

  27. Anna K says

    I like the fawn mug and I would fill it with my green tea w. honey on good days and decadent hot chocolate with mini marshmallows on not so good days :)

  28. wendy m. says

    Both are so cute! I do like the fawn though. Soy hot chocolate is my favorite. Coming in second is soy chai tea latte. Oh, but the kiddos will want to drink from it – so they’ll either get hot cocoa or mulled cider. Mmmmmm.

  29. Kelly Miller says

    I would love the squirrel mug. I have squirrels that play outside my computer window and they are so fun to watch, even when they jump onto my roof and scare me!! I loved the Togiharu Hammered Texture Damascus Santoku & Petty / Utility Knife – 2 Piece Set on the Korin website!!!

  30. wendy m. says

    Oh, just visited the website. Would love the Zojirushi Gourmet Electric Skillet, so we can have at-the-table cooking – shabu shabu, sukiyaki, fondue, hot pot!

  31. Anitha says

    Ooh I love th both so much!!! I think squirrel, I’m more in love with the fawn but pretty sure that tail’d go missing in my house! :) omg, I’d fill it with peppermint mocha 20 times over, I’m drooling over your recipe! I “liked” foodie with family on Facebook…

  32. Linda G says

    I love the squirrel mug. I would fill it with anything caffeinated. Anything! They are cute and I hadn’t heard of Korin before but I will be checking out their website asap.

  33. Stoney Meadow Farm says

    How could any resist that little squirrel mug. Have to have one. If I win, will fill with fresh homemade eggnog (made with fresh milk from my goats, eggs from my flock, and cream from the local Amish dairy) topped with whipped cream and “nut”meg, of course! Are you drooling yet:)

  34. says

    Love the squirrel tail mug!! I would fill it with some chocolate and gift them to my SIL, who drinks WAY more coffee than I do (well, I drink none, so….yeah).

    I have
    Liked on FWF FB
    Followed FWF on Twitter;
    Followed on Pinterest;
    liked Korin on FB;
    Followed Korin on Twitter;
    and looking at Korin’s website I want a Togiharu Cobalt Damascus Santoku! The knife situation at our house is abysmal… :)

  35. lcwhitty says

    I love the squirrel’s bushy tail…would fill it with warm chicken broth to sip when the the weather is cold and wet.

  36. robinanne says

    The squirrel for sure. He is so cute. I live in the country and they are lovingly in my trees. Gotta love a squirrel! In it…either hot chocolate and marshmellows or Zen tea!

  37. Susan P says

    This is what I would choose……a small santoku knife for everyday use. It’s a lovely knife.


  38. says

    I would have to choose the squirrel if I could only have one because I have an incredible squirrel story from my past…precious memory! I would most likely put one of my most favorite candies inside it…Andes Mints…yummy!

  39. says

    I visited Korin’s website. Oh my, they have some awesome knives, kitchen items, gifts, etc. My favorite thing I found was the double glass walled mugs. My aunt gave me a set of glass mugs several years ago and unfortunately they are all broken now. I learned, when I drank from those mugs, that hot coffee and tea had a clean fresh taste to the beverage. I know you probably think I’m crazy but for me it’s true! : ) Do you think Santa will leave a set under my tree? I may have to help him out!

  40. jana says

    I would fill it with a tea, then a coffee and later (after the kids are asleep or during naptime) this peppermint mocha. yum!
    Fawn please!

  41. lilcg says

    I am not sure I can choose a mug–I want the fawn one for me for tea and the squirrel one for my daughter to drink her “milk tea” out of!

  42. says

    As I was working my way through this post, I was thinking, “I have to ask where she got that darn cute mug!” So you can imagine how excited to see that was the giveaway! I really hope it’s my lucky day…

    I’d pick the fawn mug and fill it with hot chocolate (and other things).

  43. Yvonne says

    Love those mugs. I love peppermint mocha, and
    Have tried the one thru the drive thru, no comparison
    To a homemade version. Been looking for a good recipe
    That’s how I found your site.
    Love the Fawn mug

  44. Katie H says

    I love squirrels so it would have to be that one filled with a dark chocolate peppermint mocha! (or a cappucino)

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